Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sweet days, busy days

Sweet days, busy days, indeed.

Things have been so busy here that I have not even had time to update.  It's been on my list for several days, but it is difficult to squeeze in blogging or facebook time.

Jeff has the surgery to remove the cement beads from his hip joint tomorrow.  The week has been full, beginning with a needle aspiration of the fluid around the joint to test for infection.  No results on that yet, we should know soon, I would think.  Today, we meet with the surgeon to finalize tomorrow's plan.  Either way, infection or not, the beads have to come out.  They've done all they are going to do.

He'll have a short hospital stay of a day or two, then hopefully come home for a heal time of 2 to 3 weeks.  After that, he should be able to head back to his work as a family counselor for a private social services agency.

Things appear good on the baby front.  Baby boy is growing well, showing no signs at this point of anemia.  I'm scheduled for bloodwork and ultrasound every two weeks, which feels intensive to me, but a talk with the fetal/maternal health specialist yesterday convinced me that they do believe it is necessary.  (My blood carries a big E antigen.)  The due date is sometime in the first half of October - with this type of problem, they often opt to induce, and that can fall within a three-week time frame depending on how the baby is doing at the time.   I'm at 25/26 weeks.

My parents are still working through the process of joint replacement surgeries:  A hip for my dad and a knee for my mom.  They hope to get those surgeries in before we have the baby. 

We were recently able to get together with Jeff's family.  That's a pretty big feat as most of them are scattered geographically.  We only see his parents about once a year, and I think they were pretty anxious to see their son.  They've prayed a lot and worried some, too, over the past few months.  It was great to spend time with everyone.

Thanks for stopping by - feel free to say hello!  :)  I'll try to update here once we know how Jeff's surgery went, if the infection is gone, etc.

God bless you all!


  1. Hey Holly! Glad to hear everything is going well. Will be thinking about you as Jeff has the surgery tomorrow. Oh and your parents! Poor things---new body parts for everyone! I know the recovery will be tougher on them at their age, but I am thankful for what medical science can do these days.

  2. Thanks for the update.

    And Helloooo!

  3. What a joyful update! Praying all goes well for surgery and results of no more infection!
    I love the pictures! They are absolutely precious!

  4. I've spent some time reading your blog, catching up with you all. Good to see what God is doing in your lives! We will keep Jeff and your family in our prayers the next few days.
    Love and prayers from the Secor's

  5. Hi Holly! I'm Julie Klenck's sister from Missouri. I'm so glad Jeff is doing better & I will be praying for the surgery & recovery. Also for you & your precious baby boy!

  6. Holly - Thanks for the update. God brings you to my mind a lot these days, so it's good to know what's going on with you all. Miriam is getting so big (and is it possible? More precious?!?). Love ya!

  7. I hope that the surgery goes by nice and smoothly for Jeff. He has got to be so tired of the poking and cutting. :o( I know that I would be. I'll certainly keep you guys in my prayers. *hugs*

    You know, October is one of my most favoritest months. *beams* (Our wedding anniversary is in Oct.) It is a nice, fine time to have a baby! Have you guys talked about names any more? Figured anything out?

    Ooo... we'll get to share baby boy pictures at the same time. *gushes*

  8. I'm hoping everything goes well tomorrow, and congratulations on your baby! :)

  9. Hi everyone, thanks so much for saying hello. :) It means a lot.

    Jen, we talk about names all of the time. No progress there. :) It's more of a combination deal...what goes with what? :) And you know that I can't wait to see pix of your boys!

    Brenda - isn't it crazy? I feel like opening my own orthopedic prosthetics store. :) Or at least my own health care/medical supply store.

    Amy - good to see you. :) We should swap medical crisis stories. That'd be fun.

    Leanne - thank you. :)

    Julie - how nice to see you after all of these years! Thanks for stopping by!

    Vicki - thanks for introducing yourself, too - it's so nice to meet you.

    Kat - thanks. :) We're excited...kind of a "background" buzz thing to keep in mind all of the time. New baby! :)

    Shannon - she is sweet, but precocious too. I have some very funny stories I'd like to share if I ever find time. Just yesterday, I was belting out "Ode to Joy" in the kitchen. She gave me a little distressed face. I said, "Oh, what? You know you love me!" She stopped, she thought, she tilted her head, and she said: "Yes.....but....I don't like that song." :) (Sam plays it over and over and over on the piano. She's sick of it.)

  10. Prayers for good health for all of you dear Holly. :) I love the precious pictures. :)

    If you could offer up a prayer or 2 for us too I'd appreciate it. My husband desperately needs a job. Thanks. :)